Apple Fair

Saturday was the best day of the year in this house ‘Apple Fair Day!’.

Seriously L and I love it more than Christmas. There are tents with Medieval Storytellers.

Giant apples, seriously never seen such amazingly huge apples. I should have gotten some to make a pie but got distracted by Mulled Cider!

  

There are stalls selling apples, apple cakes, fudge, heavenly apple juices, ciders, crafts and most importantly for us a huge HogRoast washed down with hot apple juice.

BEST DAY EVER!

If you have a local Apple Fair in the next couple of weeks, pop along and support it. 

British Apple Orchards are making a tentative comeback. Since the 1950s 60% of British Orchards and all the biodiversity that came with them, have been destroyed. But in the last 5 years new planting schemes are slowly bringing them back. If you have a spare patch of garden plant an apple tree, you won’t regret it!

    
 

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Apples, Apples Everywhere – Fall Nesting Part 2

Melissa at Inspired Room is running between 2-5th September ‘Fall Nesting’ and I love joining in with the fun.

I posted about harvesting all the apples from our tree,  but what to do with them all?  I’ve sorted out the edible keepers which will be wrapped in newspaper and stored in our shed for use in the coming months, but the bruised and tiny apples are not really fit for keeping.  But for the rest?

We have a tiny freezer, not big enough to store apple pies in for the winter, so I make pie filling and freeze it instead.

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My recipe is

Apples

150ml – 200ml of water

Pinch of cloves

Teaspoon of cinamon

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Pop it all in a saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes, have a taste as it’s cooking and add more of whatever ingredient you want to.  You might need more sugar depending on the type of apple.

Leave to cool and then removing the juice transfer into freezer bags or boxes and then pop in the freezer.  You can then break one out whenever you want to make a pie in the coming months.  Let it de-frost, make some pastry and then bake.  Easy and quick!

If you’d like to read about more ‘Fall Nesting’ pop over to Inspired Room, there is always a wonderful selection of ideas.

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Fall Nesting – Harvest

Melissa at Inspired Room is running between 2-5th September ‘Fall Nesting’ or ‘Autumn Nesting’ for us Brits 🙂  I love reading this every year to see how other bloggers are preparing for autumn which is one of my favourite seasons.

I have a few projects for autumn – repainting garden furniture,  painting a table in the house, painting the sheds, digging out and cutting back large parts of the garden to tidy it, and have an ‘Autumn Clean’ in the house.  But our first project has been to harvest the apples from our ancient apple tree and gather blackberries from the garden for freezing.

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Paul Harvesting the Apples

Where we live used to be an orchard for a country estate and some of the apple trees in my streets gardens are very, very old.  Our tree if not an original is a descendant of these ancient trees.  It’s a really big apple tree and every year we’ve lived here the tree has produced us a massive crop of apple which are lovely to eat or to cook.

Gorgeous Apples just out of reach!
Gorgeous Apples just out of reach!

Paul bless him got the ladder out and whilst dodging the wasps and Miss L who was ‘helping’,  tried to get as many apples as he could.  Frustratingly some, like the ones above were just too high up to reach which is such a shame!  But we managed to still fill a box, which now has to be sorted into eating/storing/freezing which is my job for tomorrow morning.

Blackeberries proved to be easier to harvest!  Our garden is more than we can cope with really and as a result we have a good few briars at the end of the garden which are loaded at this time of year with blackberries.  I collect them for freezing as they work well as a frozen berry and are fabulous in pies over the winter. Yum!

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If you’d like to read about more ‘Fall Nesting’ pop over to Inspired Room, there is always a wonderful selection of ideas.

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